10/7/23 ~ 7/23/03
Milo Ray Baughman, Jr., age 79, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, died of natural causes in his home in Salt Lake City on July 23, 2003.
He was born in Goodland, KS on October 7, 1923 to Milo Ray and Lila Dilling Baughman, and moved to Long Beach, CA in his infancy. After graduating from high school in Long Beach and serving four years in the Military during World War II, he returned to Southern California to study product and architectural design at the Art Center School of Los Angeles and at Chouinards.
In 1947 he founded Milo Baughman Design and began what would become a brilliant career as a furniture designer and educator. After some initial success in designing for West Coast furniture companies, he moved back East to New York and later to the Boston area, where he established himself as one of the leading modern furniture designers in the country. In 1953 he began his 50-year association with Thayer Coggin. For decades the Milo Baughman Collections for Thayer Coggin, Inc. introduced each year at the High Point Furniture Market drew critical acclaim from the international design community and press, and established design and style trends that would be followed by many others. By the 60's and 70's the name Milo Baughman had become synonymous with modern furniture design, and in 1987 he was inducted into the Furniture Design Hall of Fame.
An extremely well read and articulate individual, Milo lectured broadly and often spoke about the positive impact that good design can have on the lives of human beings. In 1969 he was invited by Brigham Young University to establish a Department of Environmental Design, where he continued as chairman and adjunct professor for several years, while continuing his design business.
A man of great faith, Milo joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1965 and has been an active member ever since, serving in numerous callings. He was a great student of the scriptures and participated in LDS Institute classes for many years. He especially enjoyed teaching Book of Mormon classes at BYU.
He loved the fine arts and classical music, and always shared that love with his family. He took a special interest in urban design and served on urban planning boards and historical societies. He also loved animals and took special joy in caring for unwanted pets and nursing them back to health. His family and friends have always been touched by his generosity of spirit and genuine concern for the well being of others. He was a marvelous example of honesty and integrity. He will be greatly missed.
Milo married Carolyn Fotheringham on September 5, 1956 in Long Beach, CA and is survived by her along with their four children: Gary (Marilyn) Baughman of Southlake, TX; Debra (Robert) Burton of Bountiful; Tracy Baughman of Salt Lake City, and Mark (Amy) Baughman of Pfafftown, NC. Milo is also survived by five grandsons, two granddaughters, and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Lois Brunsting, and by his grandson, Matthew Burton.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 1, 2003 at 12:00 p.m. in the Parley's Third Ward, 2615 East Stringham Ave. (2295 South), Salt Lake City. Friends may call at the Ward prior to services from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Lakeview Memorial Estates, 1640 East Lakeview Drive, Bountiful. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Fund. Directional maps and online guest book are available at www.russonmortuary.com